Contact: Officer Scott Wilson
Major Crash Investigator
Columbia Police - Traffic Unit
MEDIA RELEASE - 04-10-14
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatality Accident
DATE & TIME OCCURRED: 04/10/14 @ 0223 hours
ACCIDENT LOCATION: Vandiver Dr @ Wolcott Dr
DRIVER: Gabriel A. Small
Motorcycle Endorsement: Yes
DOT Helmet: Yes
The crash occurred as vehicle 1, a red-colored 2005 Honda VTX 1300 motorcycle, was traveling westbound on Vandiver Drive near Wolcott Drive at approximately 0223 hours. It appears the driver, Small, lost control of the motorcycle as it began to skid and went down on the left side. The motorcycle continued to skid on its side until it collided with the curb on the north side of the roadway. The vehicle then left the roadway on the right, continued to skid, and eventually collided with a street sign and utility pole near the intersection. The motorcycle and driver came to final rest pinned against the utility pole. The driver was wearing a DOT helmet at the time of the crash. Small was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by EMS as a result of serious injuries. There were no other vehicles involved. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this crash.
*The next of kin of Small has been notified
The investigation is ongoing.